Classes & Workshop/Courses Information

JEWELLERY & SILVERSMITHING CLASSES

 

Phone (02) 9564 1411
for enrolments in our classes, workshops & courses
or
send us an email
See "CONTACT US"


Classes: (maximum 9 students per class, individually taught):

GENERAL INFO: 4 terms per year: dates, term costs, availability in the Calendar below...

Day / NightTimesInstructor Term HoursCost term
         
Monday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm Lucas 40 hours : 10 week term $750
Tuesday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm Ernst 40 hours : 10 week term

$750

Wednesday day 10.00am - 5.00pm Ernst 60 hours : 10 week term $990

 
2017 Calendar for Classes:

TERM 1

Monday night class ..... $750 (Lucas) - 10 weeks
Tuesday night class .... $750 (Ernst)  - 10 weeks
Wednesday day class .. $990 (Ernst)  - 10 weeks

       
Monday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 30 January - 3 April, 2017
completed
Tuesday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 31 January - 4 April, 2017 completed
Wednesday day 10.00am - 5.00pm 1  February - 5 April, 2017 completed

TERM 2

Monday night class .... $675 (Lucas)  - 9 weeks (12 June cancelled)
Tuesday night class ....$675 (Ernst)  -  9 weeks (25 April cancelled)
Wednesday day class. $990 (Ernst)  -  10 weeks

       
Monday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 24 April - 26 June, 2017
completed
Tuesday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 2 May - 27 June, 2017  completed
Wednesday day 10.00am - 5.00pm 26 April - 28 June, 2017 completed

TERM 3

Monday night class ..... $750 (Lucas) - 10 weeks
Tuesday night class .... $750 (Ernst)  - 10 weeks
Wednesday day class . $990 (Ernst)  - 10 weeks

       
Monday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 17 July – 18 Sept, 2017 Fully Booked
Tuesday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 18 July – 19 Sept, 2017 1 place available
Wednesday day 10.00am - 5.00pm 19 July – 20 Sept, 2017 Fully Booked

TERM 4

Monday night class ... $675 (Lucas) -   9 weeks
Tuesday night class .. $750 (Ernst)  - 10 weeks
Wednesday day class $990 (Ernst)   - 10 weeks

       
Monday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 9 October -   4 Dec, 2017  
Tuesday night 6.30pm - 10.30pm 10 October - 12 Dec, 2017  
Wednesday day 10.00am - 5.00pm 11 October – 13 Dec, 2017  

 

Please note our payment policy: Once fees are paid to confirm your place they are not refundable however in the event that you cancel prior to the commencement of the term, workshop or course and another person books your place for the term, workshop or course a full (less $50 handling fee) or part refund will be made (subject to conditions).

 

Specialised Workshops:

We are running different specialised workshops throughout the year with excellent and very experienced tutors who are very well known in Sydney and excel in their fields of expertise.  Our tutors have expansive knowledge, many years of professional experience in their trades and great reputations throughout the industry and within the trade.  Workshops will include: wax modelling and making moulds for metal castings; jewellery design and hand constuction intensive; engraving; enamelling; etching; making different settings; and, more.  Information about forthcoming workshops will be advised.  Our workshop is a great space, not far from the city in Leichhardt, frequent bus services just outside our door both from the city or from the west, great all day parking close to the workshop and a wonderful learning environment.


Jewellery Design and Jewellery Hand Construction Workshop
- ONE WEEK INTENSIVE Monday - Friday

Our next SUMMER jewellery intensive will be in January 2018 (dates to be advised)

Tutor:      Lucas Blacker, goldsmith / jeweller with over 38 years of expertise and experience

Dates:     January 2018 (dates to be advised) (30 hours tuition)
                 one week intensive workshop:  monday to friday  9.30am - 4pm (half hour lunch)

Cost:        $885 covering (30 hours tuition)

Availability: max. 9 places available

(sterling silver & saw blades are available for purchase at our workshop)

Students: beginners, basic bench skills to advance students.

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Enamelling Jewellery Workshop - Painting with Fire

An Introduction to ETCHING & the Colourful Art of CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMELLING ... OUR NEXT COURSE

Tutor:         Barbara Ryman: Enamel Artist, jeweller & teacher with over 40 years of professional experience

Dates:         Etching: March 3, 4 & 5, 2018
                    Champlevé Enamelling:  March 17 & 18, 2018
                    (5 days in total)

Students:   Basic bench skills (beginners also welcome)

Cost:          $885 plus an extra cost of approx. $135 - $145 for silver, brooch units & enamels (supplied in the
                    workshop).  A tool and equipment list is supplied on request and on enrolment.

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Wax Modelling Jewellery Workshop

We will advise our next wax modelling workshop once dates have been determined

Tutor:         Katie Cairns, precious metal jewellery artist, over 40 years of experience using precious metals and gemstones & lost wax casting manufacturing

Dates:       To be advised for 2018.

Students:   Beginners & students with basic bench skills. Also advanced students new to wax modelling.

Cost:           To be advised plus small cost for waxes used during the workshop
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Setting Jewellery Course

We will advise our next setting jewellery workshop in 2017 once dates have been determined

(maximum 9 students per workshop)

Tutor:       To be advised for 2018

Dates:      To be advised for 2018

Students: Reasonable basic bench skills & trade

Cost:        To be advised +  (cost price for all tools and materials required to do this workshop) Total to be advised


Etching Metals Jewellery Course

An Introduction to the Techniques of Etching ... our next course

Tutor:         Barbara Ryman: Enamel Artist, jeweller & teacher with over 40 years of professional experience

Dates:       November 9 - 13, 2017 (INTENSIVE - FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS)

Students:  Basic bench skills (beginners also welcome)

THIS COURSE IS INCORPORATED IN THE ETCHING & CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMELLING COURSE ABOVE


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Die-Forming Course
- An Introduction to the Techniques of Die-Forming

- 2 consecutive saturdays

Tutor:        Barbara Ryman, enamel artist, jeweller & teacher.

Dates:      To be advised for 2018

Students:   Basic bench skills (beginners also welcome)

Cost:          To be advised. A tool and equipment list will be supplied - to be advised
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Phone (02) 9564 1411
for enrolments in our classes, workshops & courses
or send us an email
See
"CONTACT US"


Why Studio 303?

  • A great opportunity to learn from Sydney's most respected and experienced teachers
  • Beginners to advanced students are taught in a fully equipped authentic gold and silversmith's workshop (not a classroom)
  • Individual or group tuition, maximum 9 students per class or workshop
  • We ensure student's needs are individually met
  • Design and create your own individual pieces fully guided through every process, at your own pace
  • Ability to learn from a master crafts person is "a rare gift"
  • Students all levels: beginners to advanced will benefit from the experience of working in a fully equipped professional workshop

What you will learn:

  • Learn the traditional techniques of forging, raising, joining, settings, design and hand construction to a finished piece.
  • Experience the ancient craft of wax modelling and mould making for metal casting
  • Enjoy the traditional and contemporary craft of enamelling, etching and dieforming
  • Learn an integral part of jewellery making : setting your gemstones
  • By learning traditional techniques you obtain a very broad depth of knowledge and understanding so that your base for potential is substantially increased
  • Be experimental in your own work. We offer students a wide range of expertise and experience
"What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well."
Lila Cohen

Location:

  • Centrally located - rear of 303 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt (entrance Redmond Street)
  • Parking - good untimed street parking & council car park: 2 hour limit until 8pm (park rear to kerb)
  • Good bus connections - frequent bus service in Parramatta Road

Testimonials — What Past & Present Students are Saying

"I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed. "
Tyrus Shay

"Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience. Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them. Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect. Thanks for your excellent service over the years. "
Ulla

"It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics and originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums and can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney. "
George R.

"For quite a few years I have been attending the Studio 303 Jewellery School, so.... what do I like about learning jewellery making from Ernst? Ernst is very generous with design ideas and the use of all of the tools He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction and silversmithing and the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst and Sharon provide an enjoyable and welcoming atmosphere and I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making and silversmithing. "
Raimonde Maine

"I had the privilege of attending Studio 303 for several years. Ernst Pfenninger is a very gifted and accomplished artisan who is prepared to pass on his extensive knowledge to his students. Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness and ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible."
Michelle Clark

"I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio. He encourages excellence by sharing his exceptional skills and knowledge of jewellery making. I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace developing ideas and designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He and Sharon open their workshop to students and encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity and enjoyment for all participants."
Judy Muir

"Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. I do not believe there is a more versatile teacher in this field to be found in Sydney. The school is well equipped, conveniently located and always a friendly environment to visit. I greatly admire Ernst's skills and knowledge in his field. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets."
Bryan Levy

"I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger's closely supervised workshops for over the past three years during which time my interest in silver-smithing and decorating items with semi-precious stones in the "Arts and Crafts" style has been realised many times. Workshops are highly individual in that students are encouraged to pursue their own designs. However, Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction. One of the major benefits of attending these workshops is the help that is provided to recover from one's mistakes!"
Dr. Barrie Egerton, PhD., CPhys., MInstP.

"Jewelery making/silversmithing was always something I'd wanted to try so my partner bought me a term's tuition as my Christmas present. She had been a student of Ernst for years. I was nervous before going to my first class thinking I'd stuff up and set myself on fire or something. But I was blown away by how good the instruction, facilities and people are at Studio 303. It caters to everyone from brilliant long term gifted students producing amazing work to complete newbies like myself. Ernst works with you to produce something individual to yourself and your own style, a truly one of a kind piece of art. He's there every step of the way to teach and guide you through the process, building your skills through each new piece. The ability to learn from a Master Gold and Silversmith is quite a rare gift and I'm thankful to be able to learn from one of Australia's best. I've been a student for a year now and am excited to keep building new one of a kind special pieces with Ernst's help and patient guidance for years to come."
Luke Jennings

"I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece."
Matthew Morin

"I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst."
Jody Shipway

"I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it."
Angela

"I've been a student at Studio 303 for over a year and I've found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I've created some wonderful pieces of jewellery and had a lot of fun doing it. Ernst's knowledge is boundless and he is happy to share it and spend time guiding his students, but also allows us the autonomy to proceed with our projects as we wish. Watching him work is inspiring - there is always something new to learn. The atmosphere in the studio is friendly and inclusive - everyone is happy to lend advice if sought. There is a diverse mix of people of all ages and styles and there is plenty of room for all. There is a vast amount of specialised equipment and plenty of basic stuff to go round. Overall, it's a really great experience."
Noela Ferch

"I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear."
Lyn S

"I first met Ernst in 1975 and was inspired by his skill and craftsmanship as well as his teaching ability. I have always wanted to further my silversmithing experience and have been most fortunate to attend Ernst's school for nearly two years at studio 303. It is amazing to have all the equipment available to use, to be encouraged to use it and to have the guidance and support of Ernst. I find the work of the other students and their encouragement inspirational as well. I am looking forward to starting the new term next month, and would highly recommend the studio 303 school to anyone who is interested in learning how to work in precious metals!"
Tim Hamilton

"Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school. "
Anna Yeung

"I attended Studio 303's jewellery school for two terms. Unfortunately I had to stop going for personal reasons. Ernst Pfenninger has vast and varied experience and enjoys exploring new ideas and materials. He is an excellent tutor that guides and supports his students through their individual jewellery projects without taking over and doing the more difficult tasks for them. I also enjoyed the small size of the group classes, the generous work space and the friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the school. I would highly recommend the school to anyone interested in learning jewellery."
Erika Haeberle

"Ernst believes in originality and perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique and express who I am. "
Anneke Mackay-Smith

"I have been a student at this school for the past 26 years. My longevity in this situation was solely due to the following:- 1) Ernst, the master is a fine teacher as well as being inventive and a lateral thinker. As a result learning is facilitated.I learned a great deal in this environment. 2) His studio is very well equipped and he is generous in supplying one's needs. 3) The atmosphere in the workshop is a most pleasing experience and over the years I met lovely, friendly people. 4) I have been impressed by his ability to stimulate ideas as far as design goes. All in all These are just a few of the reasons why I came to learn an stayed so long. Finally, I can strongly recommend this school to anyone interested in making Jewellery and using precious metals."
Monty Shnier. (MB. Bch, D.C.H.R.C & S, F.R.C.P.E, F.R.A.C.P.)

"I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time and enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful and patient in his advice and I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail and precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery ! Thankyou Ernst"
Catherine Grisard

"The classes and Lucas' expertise has taught me how much creativity and skill goes into making a fine and bespoke piece of jewellery. I am looking forward to developing my skills and appreciation over the next few decades, and I'm sure that Lucas and Studio303 will be invaluable in my development."
James Yip

"Lucas has been my teacher for the past two terms and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of his tuition.  He  has a directness about him that is very re assuring and easy to learn from.  Lucas teaches you techniques step by step and guides you through the entire process with a positive “anything is possible” attitude.  Above all, Lucas is a lovely guy with years and years of experience, he is passionate about his craft and loves to impart clever tips and tricks about how to problem solve even the trickiest designs.   He has a great sense of humor and makes me laugh week in and week out. I have made some beautiful pieces under his guidance from chunky gem stone rings to intricate earrings and am currently working on an elaborate multi-stone pendant.   I would thoroughly recommend Lucas to any practioner whether a beginner or someone who wants to hone in their skills - he’s fabulous!
Anna Baryshev

"I had an amazing time during my classes with Lucas. I've learned so much and really look forward to learning more when I next join the class. Lucas is a really great teacher, very patient and friendly. It's such a pleasure to learn from someone with so much experience and yet so approachable. He guides you every step of the way but also gives you freedom to create pieces in your own style.  The workshop environment is fabulous too, with everything you could possibly need to make jewelry at hand. The other students were lovely too. I only have good things to say about my experience at Studio 303, highly recommended!"
Clara Vincent

 

Testimonials

  • Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Ernst Pfenninger is a creative, high quality jeweller, goldsmith and silversmith. We had many pieces individually made over a number of years and were excited every time we saw the finished article. People often noticed and commented on my wife's jewellery as it was original and superbly crafted.
    I recommend Ernst to the discerning.

    Brian Stanwell

  • Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Having been a student taught by Ernst Pfenninger at Studio 303 for over 20 years I highly recommend Ernst as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn about or improve their jewellery and silversmithing skills. I had previously learnt at other schools but none can compare with that so generously taught to me by Ernst. This school is one of our cities hidden secrets.

    Brian Levy

  • What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    What I like best is unsparing access to the best equipment plus unstinting advice and support from Ernst in all my projects. Others in the class do interesting projects which gives additional inspiration and the friendly atmosphere adds to it as well.

    Lila Cohen

  • I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed.

    I found the workshops with Ernst to be fun friendly and most of all educational and inspirational. His professionalism is outstanding and pieces I made at the workshops helped me to secure an apprenticeship. Well worth the money and time and definitely not to be missed.

    Tyrus Shay

  • Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

    Ernst is a teacher of outstanding skill and workmanship. The environment in which one learns is educational & inspirational yet relaxed ~ altogether an enjoyable experience which leads one into many aspects of the jewellery trade. Ernst seems to have an inexhaustible well of expertise & experience for his students to draw from... I could attend these classes till I'm 99!

    Maia Eliott

  • On behalf of everyone at the Australian Tourist Commission in Los Angeles and the many Aussie Specialists vying for the opportunity to win one, thank you for the Opal Award. The Awards are in recognition of the significant achievements amongst travel agents in the sales and marketing of Australia - competition among the agents for the Award and the beautiful trophy is fierce.

    On behalf of everyone at the Australian Tourist Commission in Los Angeles and the many Aussie Specialists vying for the opportunity to win one, thank you for the Opal Award. The Awards are in recognition of the significant achievements amongst travel agents in the sales and marketing of Australia - competition among the agents for the Award and the beautiful trophy is fierce.

    Warren Grau

  • Thank you for joining us at the third Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Award at the Hotel Inter-Continental. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm, which has helped to make this dinner such a success and an important event on the wine industry calendar. With your continued support next year’s event should be even more successful.

    Thank you for joining us at the third Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Award at the Hotel Inter-Continental. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm, which has helped to make this dinner such a success and an important event on the wine industry calendar. With your continued support next year’s event should be even more successful.

    Dan Stafford

  • Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience. Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them. Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect. Thanks for your excellent service over the years.

    Ernst was my teacher for many years, it was a wonderful experience. Ernst has designed and executed pieces of jewellery for me over many years, these pieces are unique and as fashionable today as when he designed them. Ernst's workmanship is outstanding, unique and perfect. Thanks for your excellent service over the years.

    Ulla

  • I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time & enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful & patient in his advice & I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail & precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery! Thank you Ernst

    I was a student of Ernst Pfenninger for a long time & enjoyed the many years I attended the classes. Ernst is always helpful & patient in his advice & I found his work inspirational. His attention to detail & precise instruction in the use of the tools made it "seem" easy to a beginner. All the skills I learnt from Ernst enabled me to do today what I love most: making jewellery! Thank you Ernst

    Catherine Grisard

  • It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics & originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums & can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney.

    It has been my pleasure to work with Swiss trained jeweller Ernst Pfenninger on special projects over a number of years, one of which was most complicated because of the mechanics & originality. Ernst has the rare talent of working in different mediums & can visualise a finished product immediately. In addition, Ernst is an outstanding hands-on highly sought after jewellery teacher here in Sydney.

    George R.

  • Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Ernst believes in originality & perfection. He pushes you to explore your design, expand on the theme but guides you to find the best way of achieving a professional result. I like the way the classes are kept small, assuring each one of us has ample time for questions or for help with a complex piece. I wear the jewelley I made every day because they are unique & express who I am.

    Anneke Mackay - Smith

  • Ernst is very generous with design ideas & the use of all of the tools. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction & the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst & Sharon provide an enjoyable & welcoming atmosphere & I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making & silversmithing.

    Ernst is very generous with design ideas & the use of all of the tools. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge about jewellery construction & the workshop is very well equipped to handle any project. Ernst & Sharon provide an enjoyable & welcoming atmosphere & I can certainly recommend Studio 303 Jewellery School to anyone interested in learning the art of jewellery making & silversmithing.

    Raimonde Maine

  • Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school.

    Studio 303 is a fantastic place to learn silversmithing. Ernst is technically the best lecturer I have come across in Sydney. I highly recommend the school.

    Anna Yeung

  • Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness & ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible.

    Ernst helps his students achieve their goals in creating their own individual jewellery and make their design concepts a reality. Challenges that arise are met with calmness & ingenuity. There is no one better to inspire a love of the creative process and leave you with the belief that in the world of jewellery anything is possible.

    Michelle Clark

  • Now that we are back from the AILA Congress in Singapore we wish to thank you both for the Gold Medal being such a splendid object. The recipient, Professor Halliday was very impressed, as were all our Executive Board, International Committee and Congress participants. Thank you for your skills, co-operations and understanding what the Medal was supposed to achieve.

    Now that we are back from the AILA Congress in Singapore we wish to thank you both for the Gold Medal being such a splendid object. The recipient, Professor Halliday was very impressed, as were all our Executive Board, International Committee and Congress participants. Thank you for your skills, co-operations and understanding what the Medal was supposed to achieve.

    Professor Christopher N Candlin

  • I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

    I have loved the creative atmosphere of Ernst's studio... I particularly enjoyed the small group situation that allowed me to progress at my own pace, developing ideas & designs into really individual pieces of work. Ernst is a patient teacher with a wicked sense of humour. He & Sharon open their workshop to students & encourage a camaraderie within the group that develops creativity & enjoyment for all participants.

    Judy Muir

  • I am writing to say how very much the silver oar mace has been admired by the judges and the members of the legal profession. I think it is superb, only today I received a comment from a member of the House of Lords, his Lordship said it was “beautiful” and “a fitting enhancement of the Admiralty Court”. The Court is very proud of it.

    I am writing to say how very much the silver oar mace has been admired by the judges and the members of the legal profession. I think it is superb, only today I received a comment from a member of the House of Lords, his Lordship said it was “beautiful” and “a fitting enhancement of the Admiralty Court”. The Court is very proud of it.

    M.E.J. Black, Chief Justice

  • I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

    I have enjoyed attending Ernst Pfenninger’s closely supervised workshops for over three years, during which time my interest in silver-smithing & decorating items with semi-precious stones in the “Arts and Crafts” style has been realised many times... Ernst will provide projects to suit all abilities, particularly for those students just beginning the hobby and requiring more direction.

    Dr.Barrie Egerton, PhD., CPhys., MInstP.

  • I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece.

    I've done 2 terms at Studio 303 (1 Days and 1 Nights) with Ernst, and I really like the freedom to create anything I want. Ernst has so much knowledge from his many years of experience that he is able to help fine tune designs so I could bring them to a finished piece.

    Matthew Morin

  • I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    I have been a student at studio 303 for years now, I love that I can turn my ideas into reality and create one of a kind pieces. Ernst is a fun and extremely patient teacher who has helped me learn any new technique I wish to learn. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from a master artisan such as Ernst.

    Jody Shipway

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    I have learned a huge amount about silver smithing from Ernst who is a master craftsman. He encourages you to show initiative and try out your own ideas but is always there to give you help when you need it.

    Angela

  • I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    I attended Studio 303 for approx. 8 years and enjoyed the creative atmosphere, a workshop stocked with every imaginable tool and the unrivalled experience of Ernst Pfenninger. I learnt a lot from Ernst and was able to make many pieces, with his guidance, that I am very happy to wear.

    Lyn S

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